Health Science Baccalaurate Programs
The mission of the Health Science degree is to provide a comprehensive baccalaureate degree that complements an associate allied health major. The degree is designed to promote critical thinking, communication and information skills, and leadership with a commitment to distance learning. Our graduates are academically prepared to pursue opportunities for advancement or graduate school.
Program Goals And Objectives
GOAL: To prepare undergraduate students with the knowledge skills and ethics needed to advance the health and quality of life of a diverse public.
- Collect, store, retrieve, analyze and interpret health data; in order to be prepared to design health needs assessments and establish basic health programs and services. (HS 350, HS 380, HS 390, PSY 320, GB 321, MATH 310, SOC 305)
- Describe the U.S. health profile, including key indicators, determinates, disparities, access to health services, historical and contemporary trends and implications. (HS 390, HS 370, HS 380)
- Identify and describe the evolution of the U.S. health services system and the major settings, providers, and funding for the delivery of public and private preventive and treatment services. (HS 390)
- Recognize the importance of honoring diversity, acting with civility, practicing ethically, and promoting mutual respect when working with diverse individuals, groups, and communities. (HS 390, HS 312, HS 305)
- Describe the business and financial implications in the cost of health care. (HS 390)
- Identify physical, chemical, or biological hazards that adversely impacting human health. (HS 380, HS 370)
GOAL: To prepare students with the fundamental academic skills to be effective communicators, critical thinkers and leaders.
- Write grammatically and stylistically correct papers that reflect a review of relevant literature and /or integrate health related perspectives and experiences. (HS 305, HS 350, WI Allied Health Course)
- Develop the ability to utilize qualitative and quantitative health care information to arrive at appropriate decisions. (PSY 320, HS 350, HS 337, HS 354, HS 380, HS 390)
- Integrate clinical practice with health of the community and develop a strong foundation in communication in order to effectively disseminate diverse health issues to community leaders, (HS 390, HS 305), health practitioners, politicians, and the public at large. (Allied Health Science courses, HS 390, HS 380, HS 370)
- Understand the role of research int he dissemination of information in health promotion, disease prevention and health sciences. (HS 390, HS 380, HS 370, PSY 320 or MATH 310, Allied Health Courses
GOAL: Develop lifelong learning skills necessary to be creative and effective citizens, professionals and leaders in an ever-changing world.
- Write grammatically and stylistically correct papers that reflect a review of relevant literature and /or integrate health related perspectives and experiences. (HS 402, HS 305, HS 350, WI Allied Health Course)
- Organize and participate in community events to improve the overall health of the community (Allied Health Courses, HS 499)
Health Science Baccalaureate
Health is widely acknowledged as a major growth industry, with employment opportunities forecast to continue their strong upward trends of recent years. Opportunities for advancement will be greatest for people with a baccalaureate degree.
Associate degree prepared health profession majors and clinicians in the field who desire a baccalaureate degree have limited options to fulfill their educational goals. Graduates and clinicians from the Allied health professions continually inquire about baccalaureate degree options to meet their busy professional lives. The Health Science degree is a specified course of study that would enhance a clinician s expertise and opportunities for advancement. The design of the Health Science curriculum is to prepare students for career paths in the health sector, including administration, management, and health promoters in educational or clinical settings in school, community, or public health environments.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is granted to students who complete the required program of study. These requirements include the basic requirements for all Bachelor of Science degree programs, required science and other supportive courses in the health science area. The degree is designed with two options.
- Option One:
Allows students who completed an Associate degree in an allied health field to select a degree that will strengthen and utilize the associate curriculum within the Health Science degree. There are three specific options in this emphasis area. Three are designed for graduates who complete a degree in Dental Hygiene, Radiology or Respiratory. Students who completed one of the aforementioned allied health programs may qualify for earned retro-credit.
- Option Two:
Is available for students who do not have a health profession background but would like to pursue a Bachelor of Health Science degree. As a major in B.S. Health Science, students will undertake a course of study that blends three areas of emphasis that is comprised not only of the Health Science (21 hours) core requirements but includes courses in Business (21 hours) and the Life/Health Sciences (21-27 hours).
The courses in the curriculum are offered on campus as well as web based. The demand for this degree will be great among current students, past graduates, and clinicians currently working in the health industry.
Students must pass all HS Prefix Courses or the dual prefix course with a "C" or higher to graduate.